Improving Tissue Traceability by Internationally Standardized Coding

Speaker: Patricia B. Distler, MT(ASCP)SBB; Paul Ashford, MSc, CSci, CEng

Content Area: New Techniques and Technologies

Description: This session will offer background information on the Sixty-Third World Health Assembly resolution concerning human organ and tissue transplantation (Resolution WHA63.22). The resolution urges member states to move forward on a variety of actions to improve the safety and availability of organs and tissues. Recommendations included encouraging the implementation of globally consistent coding systems for human cells, tissues and organs to facilitate national and international traceability of materials for transplantation. The presentation will then move on to describe the use of ISBT 128, already well established as a standard for blood transfusion, for the coding and labeling of tissues, cells and organs. It will describe the current status of development and identify the benefits to the hospital of a single coding system for all biologics.

Credit Type: CMLE

Credit Amount: 1